• Joshua Kelley

  • RB
  • , Los Angeles Chargers
  • 23
  • 0 lbs
  • 0' 0"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Kelley figures to vie with Justin Jackson for touches behind lead back Austin Ekeler. He’s big and fast and figures to see most of the goal line work for the Chargers. Jackson is a seventh round pick, but he has a career 5.1 YPC on 79 carries so he may not go away quietly.

Scouting report

by Bob Harris

LAC RB Joshua Kelley - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
The Chargers drafted Joshua Kelley in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. While running back was a position of need, the offensive line and cornerback positions were seen as bigger needs. But according to USA Today, Los Angeles got a great player who should round out the backfield that will now consist of him, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. Indeed, the Athletic's Bob McGinn spoke with a few NFL scouts to get their opinions on Kelley and the reviews were solid. The first scout compared him to the Packers' Jamaal Williams, but he believes that Kelley is a bit more talented. The second scout highlighted his football intelligence. The third scout wasn't as high on him as the two others were.

Fantasy Downside
Kelley is a speculative play here. Justin Jackson returns for another season and could easily be viewed as the favorite to earn the between-the-tackles work behind starter Austin Ekeler.

2020 Bottom Line
Rookie Scouting Portfolio author Matt Waldman wrote the following: "Kelley is going to surprise many in his first season. Rather than serving primarily as a short-yardage and goal-line back, I believe he is capable of receiving 10-15 carries per game and being productive and efficient with those. Even though I expect the Chargers to implement a committee, I can see Kelley eventually becoming the feature back. His well-rounded skillset as a runner and passing game ability should allow him to receive a good amount of touches down the road." Dynasty managers pay heed.

2020 Strength of Schedule - LAC

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
27
@CIN
25
KC
32
CAR
1
@TB
3
@NO
11
NYJ
26
@MIA
31
JAX
20
LV
BYE7
@DEN
17
@BUF
4
NE
9
ATL
20
@LV
7
DEN
25
@KC

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

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